gitmux - Show Git status in Tmux status bar

gitmux - Show Git status in Tmux status bar

Gitmux shows git status in your tmux status bar

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  • easy. Install and forget about it
  • minimal. Just shows what you need, when you need it
  • discrete. Get out of your way if current directory is not in a Git tree
  • shell-agnostic. Does not rely on shell-features so works with all of them
  • customizable. Colors, symbols and layout are configurable


Works with all decently recent tmux versions.


Binary release

Download the latest binary for your platform/architecture and uncompress it.

From source

Download and install a Go compiler (Go 1.15 or later). Run go get to build and install gitmux:

go get -u

Getting started

If your tmux version supports pane_current_path (tmux v2.1+), just add this line to your .tmux.conf:

set -g status-right '#(gitmux "#{pane_current_path}")'

If your tmux doesn't support pane_current_path then you can use a bash-specific solution to achieve relatively similar behaviour: gitmux will refresh after every shell command you run or when you switch windows, however it won't refresh automatically, nor when switching panes.

Note that tmux v2.1 was released in 2015 so you're probably better off updating to a more recent version anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ .


gitmux output can be customized via a configuration file in YAML format.

This is the default gitmux configuration file, in YAML format:

        branch: 'โŽ‡ '
        hashprefix: ':'
        ahead: โ†‘ยท
        behind: โ†“ยท
        staged: 'โ— '
        conflict: 'โœ– '
        modified: 'โœš '
        untracked: 'โ€ฆ '
        stashed: 'โš‘ '
        clean: โœ”
        clear: '#[fg=default]'
        state: '#[fg=red,bold]'
        branch: '#[fg=white,bold]'
        remote: '#[fg=cyan]'
        staged: '#[fg=green,bold]'
        conflict: '#[fg=red,bold]'
        modified: '#[fg=red,bold]'
        untracked: '#[fg=magenta,bold]'
        stashed: '#[fg=cyan,bold]'
        clean: '#[fg=green,bold]'
        divergence: '#[fg=default]'
    layout: [branch, .., remote-branch, divergence, ' - ', flags]
        branch_max_len: 0
        branch_trim: right

First, save the default configuration to a new file:

gitmux -printcfg > .gitmux.conf

Modify the line in .tmux.conf, passing the path of the configuration file as argument to gitmux

gitmux -cfg .gitmux.conf

Open .gitmux.conf and modify it, replacing symbols, styles and layout to suit your needs.

In tmux status bar, gitmux output immediately reflects the changes you make to the configuration.

gitmux configuration is split into 4 sections:

  • symbols: they're just strings of unicode characters
  • styles: tmux format strings
  • layout: list of gitmux layout components, defines the component to show and in their order.
  • options: additional configuration options


The symbols section describes the symbols gitmux prints for the various components of the status string.

    branch: 'โŽ‡ '      # Shown before a branch
    hashprefix: ':'    # Shown before a Git hash (in 'detached HEAD' state)
    ahead: โ†‘ยท          # Shown before the 'ahead count' when local and remote branch diverge
    behind: โ†“ยท         # Shown before the 'behind count' when local/remote branch diverge
    staged: 'โ— '       # Shown before the 'staged' files count
    conflict: 'โœ– '     # Shown before the 'conflicts' count
    modified: 'โœš '     # Shown before the 'modified' files count
    untracked: 'โ€ฆ '    # Shown before the 'untracked' files count
    stashed: 'โš‘ '      # Shown before the 'stash' count
    clean: โœ”           # Shown when the working tree is clean (empty staging area)


Styles are tmux format strings used to specify text colors and attributes. See tmux styles reference.

    clear: '#[fg=default]'          # Style clearing previous styles (printed before each component)
    state: '#[fg=red,bold]'         # Style of the special states strings like [rebase], [merge], etc.
    branch: '#[fg=white,bold]'      # Style of the local branch name
    remote: '#[fg=cyan]'            # Style of the remote branch name
    divergence: "#[fg=yellow]"      # Style of the 'divergence' string
    staged: '#[fg=green,bold]'      # Style of the 'staged' files count
    conflict: '#[fg=red,bold]'      # Style of the 'conflicts' count
    modified: '#[fg=red,bold]'      # Style of the 'modified' files count
    untracked: '#[fg=magenta,bold]' # Style of the 'modified' files count
    stashed: '#[fg=cyan,bold]'      # Style of the 'stash' entries count
    clean: '#[fg=green,bold]'       # Style of the 'clean' symbol

Layout components

The layout is a list of the components gitmux shows, and the order in which they appear on tmux status bar.

For example, the default gitmux layout shows is:

layout: [branch, .., remote-branch, divergence, " - ", flags]

It shows, in that order:

  • the local branch name,
  • 2 dots characters ..,
  • the remote branch name
  • the local/remote divergence
  • a - character
  • and finally the flags representing the working tree state

Note that elements only appear when they make sense, for example if local and remote branch are aligned, the divergence string won't show up. Same thing for the remote branch, etc.

But you can anyway choose to never show some components if you wish, or to present them in a different order.

This is the list of the possible components of the layout:

Layout component Description Example
branch local branch name main
remote-branch remote branch name origin/main
divergence divergence local/remote branch, if any โ†“ยท2โ†‘ยท1
remote alias for remote-branch followed by divergence origin/main โ†“ยท2โ†‘ยท1
flags Symbols representing the working tree state โœš 1 โš‘ 1 โ€ฆ 2
any string foo Any other string is directly shown foo

Some example layouts:

  • default layout:
layout: [branch, .., remote-branch, divergence, " - ", flags]
  • some more minimal layouts:
layout: [branch, divergence, " - ", flags]
layout: [flags, " ", branch]

Additional options

This is the list of additional configuration options:

Option Description Default
branch_max_len Maximum displayed length for local and remote branch names 0 (no limit)
branch_trim Trim left or right end of the branch (right or left) right (trailing)


Please report anything by filing an issue.


Pull requests are welcome.
For major changes, please open an issue first to open a discussion.

License: MIT

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Mar 29, 2022